Sometimes it’s fun to be a tourist in your home town.
With Lake Michigan to the east and the Chicago skyline to the west, south, and north, Buckingham Fountain is a fun place for people and dogs. The fountain is one of the largest fountains in the world. Located at Columbus Drive and Congress Parkway in Grant Park in downtown Chicago, the fountain operates from early April through mid-October, depending on the weather. Leashed dogs are permitted in Grant Park and around Buckingham Fountain, but not in nearby Northerly Island, Millennium Park, and Maggie Daley Park.
Exploring Dog Friendly Chicago: Buckingham Fountain
The Fountain produces a major water display for 20 minutes every hour with a center jet shooting water 150 feet in the air. At dusk, spectacular lights accompany the water display, every hour on the hour for 20 minutes with the final display beginning at 10:35 p.m. When the wind blows, the water lightly mists the surrounding pavement and any dogs (or people) who happen to be nearby.
Buckingham Fountain opened to the public in 1927. Inspired by the Latona Fountain at Versailles, the fountain was designed by Edward H. Bennett in collaboration with French sculptor Marcel Loyau and engineer Jacques H. Lambert. The massive fountain, composed of four basins made of carved granite and pink marble, symbolizes the power and enormity of Lake Michigan. The lower basin features four bronze sea horses representing the states that border the lake.
Buckingham Fountain and Grant Park are both dog-friendly and a great place for a walk, as long as your dog is comfortable with crowds. The surrounding gardens in Grant Park are shady (in parts), but the immediate area around the fountain is full sun so bring water. Unless there’s an event or festival going on, the park also offers a break from the crowds and plenty of open space for walks.
This was Ruby’s first trip downtown and she handled it like a pro. She’s sometimes a bit reactive with people she doesn’t know, especially unfamiliar men. We have been working to help her feel more comfortable and less anxious in new situations. Our trip to Buckingham Fountain was a big test and she passed with flying colors!
Disclaimer: Ruby is ALWAYS leashed when outside our home. I photoshop her leash out of photographs for aesthetic reasons, but would never remove her leash in real life.